The City of Mansfield Municipal Building.

MANSFIELD -- The Mansfield City Municipal Building is again closed to the public due to the spread of COVID-19, effective Tuesday, Dec. 1, until Jan. 18, Mayor Tim Theaker announced Monday.

It's the second time during the pandemic the mayor has closed the city's administrative offices due to the coronavirus. Theaker declared a "State of Emergency" and closed the building to the public in March when COVID-19 reached into Ohio.

The announcement came as Richland Public Health announced the county has had 3,291 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases with 486 probable cases for a total of 3,777 cases.

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Public health educator Reed Richmond said there have been 275 total hospitalizations, including 66 currently. He said 59 of those hospitalizations have spent time in the ICU.

Richmond said there have been 37 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Richland County with 13 additional deaths pending verification. He said 1,993 people on the cumulative list have recovered.

In an emailed press release, Theaker said, "The City of Mansfield values the health and well-being of its community and employees. We have continued to monitor the ongoing spike in COVID cases in central Ohio."

Theaker said the city's safety forces will continue to operate with no changes, other than the municipal building being closed.

According to Presiding Judge Jerry Ault, the Mansfield Municipal Court will be open for business from 8 AM to 2 p.m., Theaker said.

All civil trials, with the exceptions of evictions, are continued, and the parties will receive notice of future date and time to appear. Parties summoned to appear for a civil pre-trial or status conference are to appear by telephone, Theaker said.

Residents who need to contact the city's Income Tax Department may do so by calling 419-755-9711.

- Residents who need to contact a City Department during this period may visit the City website for the departmental phone numbers, the mayor said.

"We appreciate your patience as we work diligently to maintain our service to this community, while remaining mindful of the utmost health and safety of all of our citizens," Theaker said.

Mansfield City Council will continue to meet in virtual session, as it has since March.

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